Originally Posted by FiggyPlum
I think most of the comments on this thread are way above my head and way beyond me in talent, but I do have a question. It's probably a rather silly one, but here goes. How the heck do you take pictures of a little black never still ball of fuzz? Honestly. If I use the flash she looks aweful and if I don't she has no eyes. I am also just using my phones camera. I have a nikon coolpix something or other as well...but it takes photos so slowly that my subject matter is out of frame before the shutter is finished snapping the dang photo. So far, I have only had luck taking photos of her if my son holds her or if she's sleeping but that's it.
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The problem with flash and dogs, or most animals for that matter, is 1, phones and most point and shoot cameras have the flash right next to the lens. 2, dogs, and most animals have a highly reflective coating on the backs of their eyes which is why they have this demonic glow when you take a picture of them with a flash.
There really are only a couple of remedies for this. Two of which require some moderately spend gear. First you need to use a camera with a separate flash so you can move the flash away from the lens and won't get reflections off the back of the eye. That camera should also have the ability to shoot in RAW format that lets you recover these dark dark areas known as the black poodle. The other remedy is free but not convenient and that is to shoot in really good, bright light. Usually outside in bright light
Here are some examples:
iPhone pic with flash. Typical result: Blacks gone and demon reflections
Indoor with a RAW capable camera and a flash that is about a foot away from the lens
And outside in what is known as "Cloudy Bright"
Outside bright sun
Outside in "The Golden Hour", which is about and hour after sunrise or and/or before sunset
And finally a combination of outside in sun with the with the sun behind the subject and a flash to brighten what would normally be in deep shadow.
I hope some of this is helpful. I know photography can be a bit overwhelming especially if you're trying to shoot something that matters to you and it's difficult to shoot.